Osaki and Osim brands furnish some of the finest massage chairs you can ever come across in today’s market. However, a deeper look into how the two brands compare shows that Osaki provides a lot more value for the buck compared to Osim.
Osaki models’ key strengths include a wider range of massage types and techniques, better adjustability, and a richer array of complementary therapies and modern features. On the other hand, OSIM massage chairs focus on user comfort and relaxation with features like 4D massage and adjustable intensity levels, aiming for a luxurious and indulgent massage experience.
I dug into the key models from each brand within high to low-end price categories and made some interesting discoveries, which led to the conclusion stated above.
Let’s get down to the details and see how the two brands actually compare based on all relevant features. Read on.
Osaki vs Osim Massage Chairs [Key Differences]
Osaki is one of the leading producers of high-quality massage chairs within all price categories. In fact, the brand is one of the most diverse when it comes to massage chair models.
Its models are classified into three broad series/categories; namely, Basic, Pro, and Platinum. The Platinum series features the latest and most advanced chairs i.e., the OP-Ai 4D Xrest.
The Osim brand features a more modest product collection, which includes a series of two leading massage chairs (uLove3 Wellbeing Chair and the uLove 2S), and a number of stand-alone models. The newly-introduced uDream Wellbeing chair presents the brand’s most advanced model to date.
1. Tracking systems and Roller Technology
Both brands offer some of the best tracking systems and roller technology on the market. However, the Osim brand features models that push the boundaries a little further compared to Osaki.
The uDream Wellbeing comes with two sets of rollers to cover the back, buttocks, and rear portion of your thighs. Each set contains four rollers, and they move in a rhythmical fashion to deliver a variety of massage techniques to these areas.
On the other hand, the OP-4D X-Rest comes with only one set of rollers, which moves in an SL track to cover the neck, back, buttocks, and back of the thighs. This simply makes the uDream Wellbeing Chair much more effective and efficient when it comes to handling the back, buttocks, and thighs.
Number of rollers aside, Osim models come with more versatile roller system designs. Top Osim models such as the uDream Wellbeing and the uLove3 Wellbeing chair come with rollers that can rotate in any direction at 360 degrees.
On the other hand, Osaki models come with rollers that only rotate in a vertical fashion. This makes Osim models much more fluid and efficient when delivering a variety of massage techniques.
Another feature worth pointing out is that the uDream features a set of Kneading plates to deliver kneading massage to the side of the hips; which is something that’s absent in the Op Xrest and other models from Osaki.
Of course, the OP Xrest features airbags, but they are simply less effective when it comes to kneading thigh muscles which are typically huge compared to other areas of the body.
2. Massage Types
Osim chairs are great for conventional massage techniques such as rolling, gripping, Kneading, and tapping. These are all mainstream techniques for a popular form of massage known as Swedish Massage.
Both the uDream and uLove Well-being Chairs are great examples. Additionally, a set of foot rollers, which is typical of Osim chairs, affords a closer experience to what’s known as foot reflexology Massage.
Foot rollers may not be as precise as real human hands when it comes to this form of massage but they still allow you to reap some of its key benefits.
Osaki goes beyond Swedish massage techniques and foot reflexology to include Shiatsu massage.
In case you’re unaware, Shiatsu massage involves the manipulation of specific tension or acupressure points on the body. Top Osaki models come with muscle tension detection technology, which allows for highly targeted massage on specific muscle points.
Again, the 4D X-rest provides for a solid example as it adds highly targeted Shiatsu massage to an array of conventional techniques like tapping, kneading, rolling and compression.
When it comes to foot reflexology, there is a stalemate, as both brands’ top chairs provide a set of foot rollers to handle your foot soles.
Osaki holds an upper hand over Osim based on the number of airbags present in their top models.
A closer look tells us that Osim models only come with two airbags to deliver compression massage to both arms. On the other hand, Osaki models come with a more extensive system with airbags for shoulders, arms, back, hips, calf areas, and feet.
Let’s take a look at the 2nd finest massage chairs from each brand: The OS Pro Maestro (Osaki) and uLove Wellbeing (Osim).
The OS Pro Maestro features 32 airbags to handle the shoulders, armrest, calves and feet. Like other top Osaki chairs, the uLove Wellbeing comes with two sets of airbags to handle both arms.
This throws the Osaki Brand behind Osim in terms of airbags. However, it’s hardly a major setback as the deficit is alleviated through the presence of other effective devices such as an extensive roller system, and kneading plates.
Osaki chairs come with adjustability features that allow them to accommodate a wider range of sizes. These include shoulder adjustment systems and customizable footrests.
The Osaki OP X-rest furnishes a great example:
The chair features an automatic Shoulder width scan, which then feeds the system to adjust accordingly. Furthermore, the chair features an extendable footrest unit, which adjusts automatically based on the user’s height and size.
Surprisingly, Osim chairs do not come with Shoulder adjustment features and automatic leg rests, which in turn takes a good number of points off when compared to Osaki chairs.
5. Additional features
The two brands compete closely when it comes to integrating additional modern features. This is evident if we take a closer look at the most advanced models.
The 4D X-rest and uDream well-being are rather equally sophisticated when it comes to extra features. However, there is a difference if we compare mid and lower-price range models from the two brands as Osaki gains a step ahead of Osim. This is evident when we compare Osaki’s Maestro and uLove3 Wellbeing Chair.
On top of a pretty advanced massage roller system, the Osaki Maestro’s rollers are equipped with Infrared heating functionality, which allows them to provide a combination of massage techniques and heat therapy to the neck, back, buttocks and thighs.
This is way better than the uLove3 Wellbeing which doesn’t come with a deep-penetrating heat therapy mechanism.
In addition to better heat therapy, the Osaki Maestro comes with a few more extras to keep things as convenient and relaxing as possible. Unlike its competitor, the chair features useful extras such as a touchscreen, quick controls, and wireless charging functionality,
6. Auto Programs
When it comes to automatic massage programs, the Osaki brand holds the upper hand over Osim massage chairs.
Osaki’s OP-Ai Xrest leads the pack with 46 automatic programs, followed by the Pro Encore and Maestro with 9 and 8 programs respectively. On the other hand, Osim chairs do not come with preset programs.
However, the brand came up with a clever tweak to gain a distinct advantage over most modern brands which feature preset programs. All top chairs from the Osim brand generate customized massage sessions based on AI-based body tension scores.
Osaki massage chairs are generally more expensive if we consider the price tags of models within the mid and high-price ranges of each brand.
Osaki’s most advanced chair; the OP-4D X-rest, is priced at $15,000 which is way higher than Osim’s most expensive chair (uDream Wellbeing), which is priced at around $10,000.
Osaki’s finest mid-range model, the Maestro, goes at around $11,000 while Osim’s uLove3 Wellbeing falls at around $8,000.
Both brands ensure more than reasonable warranty terms to keep your investment protected.
However, Osaki generally offers better terms and conditions than Osim. Osaki offers a 3-year warranty period for faulty parts and structural defects for all its products while Osim offers a 1-year full coverage warranty period.
Comparison of Top Massage Chair Models from OSAKI and OSIM Brands
|OP-Ai Xrest 4D+||OS-Pro Maestro LE||OS-Pro 4D Encore||uDream Well-being Chair||uLove3 Well-being Chair||uLove 2S Massage Chair|
|Roller Length||65 Inches||60 Inches||70 Inches||50 Inches||48 Inches||47 Inches|
|# of Airbags||46||32||26||2(Arm Airbags)||2(Arm Airbags)||2(Arm Airbags)|
|Massage types||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Shiatsu, foot reflexology.||Gripping, rolling, Kneading, Tapping, compression, vibration, feet reflexology.||Gripping, rolling, Kneading, Tapping, compression, vibration, leg and feet reflexology.||Gripping, rolling, Kneading, Tapping, Compression, Vibration, leg and feet reflexology|
|# of Programs||16||8||9||N/A (AI-powered to generate programs based on body tension score)||N/A (Generates program based on body tension score)||N/A (Generates program based on body tension score)|
|Heat Therapy||Low back and Feet||Infrared Heat mechanism (Whole Back to thighs)||Low back and Calves||No||No||No|
|Body Scan||Yes||Yes||Yes||(Includes Heart and Breathing rate Sensors)||(Includes Heart and Breathing Rate Sensors)||Yes|
|Calf Rollers||Yes||No||No||Uses kneading plates||Kneading Plates.||Yes|
|Hip Massage||Yes||Yes||Yes||(Kneading plates)||Kneading plates||(Rollers)|
|Remote Style||Touchscreen, Armrest Controller||Touchscreen, Armrest controller.||Remote and Armrest controller||Armrest Controller||Armrest controller.||Armrest controller|
OSAKI Or OSIM – Which Brand Massage Chairs are Better?
In the end, I’d definitely go for the Osaki brand if the two were the only options on the market.
The reason is simple:
Osaki proves superior in most critical aspects of massage chairs compared to Osim. Though the brand falls a little short of Osim when it comes to massage roller systems, it compensates for this shortfall with a number of enhancements.
These include more diversity in massage techniques, better airbag systems, greater adjustability, a wider range of additional features, more preset programs, and better warranty packages.
As for the actual models, my first pick would be the OP-Ai Xrest as it’s an almost perfect combination of highly effective massage technology and extra functionality.
Though its roller technology isn’t as sophisticated as its direct competitor(uDream Wellbeing chair), the OP-Ai is superior in a lot of other ways.
These include more precise Shiatsu massage in addition to other techniques, better heat therapy, more adjustability and more airbags.
Going down to the mid-price range ($8,000-$10,000), I would settle for the uLove3 Wellbeing Chair. The reason is that despite its relatively lower price compared to the uDream Wellbeing, it offers almost all the amenities afforded by the uDream.
These include a highly sophisticated massage roller system and other extra-modern features. However, if heat therapy and Shiatsu massage were priorities, I would go for Osaki’s Pro Maestro.
In the lower price range ($5,000-$7,000), I would still go for Osaki, with my pick being the Pro Encore. The reasons are pretty similar to the high-end category. The chair’s wider diversity of massage techniques and range of extra features would certainly win the day.